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Penn State Men’s Lacrosse Adds 13 Recruits On National Signing Day

Penn State men’s lacrosse made a flurry of signings on Wednesday on National Signing Day.

Head coach Jeff Tambroni will have 13 new players at his disposal beginning next season.

According to Inside Lacrosse, Penn State now has the fifth-best recruiting class of 2021 in the nation. Among the newest batch of Nittany Lions, Tambroni was able to sign one five-star and seven four-star recruits.

The most high-profile player in the class of 2021 is goalie Jack Fracyon. Hailing from The Bullis School in Maryland, Fracyon also played club lacrosse for DC Express in the past two years.

Fracyon comes in at 6’1″, 175 pounds, and is known for his “confident edge to him around the crease.” He ranks No. 18 nationally in the class of 2021.

Joining Fracyon on the defensive end is four-star recruit Kevin Parnham and Finn Scanlon. Parnham is ranked No. 48 in his class and has featured in showcase tournaments such as Delaware’s TRUE Midnight Mania in 2019.

Scanlon will also add depth to the defense. He joins Penn State from Gonzaga College High School in Washington D.C. as one of 17 outgoing seniors to play collegiately.

When it comes to the high school to college pipeline for Penn State lacrosse, look no further to Malvern Preparatory in Malvern, Pennsylvania. This year, Tambroni will bring in three players from the Friars: four-star recruits Will Peden and Michael ‘Pup’ Buono, as well as Matt Traynor, the brother of current Penn State midfielder Jack Traynor.

Buono and Traynor join a stacked Penn State midfield, where they will be fighting for playing time. Ethan Long and Mac Rietano are two more four-star recruits that were announced on Wednesday, with Connecticut native Kyle Aldridge rounding out the impressive midfield recruitment from the Nittany Lions.

When it comes to the attack, Tambroni didn’t skimp. By the time the class of 2021 gets to Happy Valley, the Nittany Lions will have lost two generational talents in Grant Ament and Mac O’Keefe. The program added four attackers to the class of 2021, including Will Peden.

Peden announced his commitment back in May after recommitting from Johns Hopkins University. He played club lacrosse for Mesa Fresh 2021 for the past two seasons, where he was also teammates with Buono and Traynor.

Luke Walstrum, Michael Faraone, and Brenden Kelly are the final pieces to the class of 2021 puzzle. Walstrum, who ranked No. 61 nationally in the class, was known as the quarterback of the offense for his club team, Big 4 HHH.

The 13 new recruits will join the Penn State program in the fall, and could see their first potential collegiate action in the spring of 2022. Meanwhile, the current team is tentatively slated to return to action in February, after coronavirus cut the 2020 campaign short.

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